Residents near Speedway still uneasy about changes

GREENFIELD — Neighbors of a north side gas station/convenience store are still concerned it will one day become a truck stop, despite approval Tuesday from a local board on curb and street improvements for the site.

The Greenfield Board of Works unanimously approved a proposal from Speedway to make changes to public roads around 110 Opportunity Parkway to accommodate more trucks for new diesel pumps.

Plans call for the station, at the entrance of Progress Park near Interstate 70 and Ind. 9, to have three new diesel pumps that would be able to service two trucks at a time.

Up for approval Tuesday was a cut in the boulevard at Opportunity Parkway, new landscaping and changes to curbs to accommodate trucks driving in and out of the station. Mayor Chuck Fewell said approval made sense, because large vehicles are already damaging the current boulevard.

Speedway would pay for the entire $17,500 of improvements.

“We don’t want it to be destroyed. We have an opportunity to repair it and make it attractive,” Fewell said.

Fewell said he, too, doesn’t want the facility to become a truck stop, but the matter before the board was simply on infrastructure improvements. Any appeals to the city’s approval of diesel pumps would have to go before the Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals.

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